Jersey Finance has announced its plans to host a spectacular gala event in September to mark the 50th anniversary of the finance industry.

The ‘Golden Gala’ will bring together more than 500 members of the finance industry and the wider community in a unique fund raising evening set to generate thousands of pounds for local charities.
 
Money raised from the spectacular back tie event will be donated to the Association of Jersey Charities to distribute between a range of causes and initiatives that make a direct difference in supporting individuals and groups within the local community.
 
The Gala event is the focal point of a year-long programme of events to mark Jersey’s financial heritage which has involved numerous projects including a travelling photographic exhibition and the production of a coffee-table book paid for by the publishers.
 
Guests at the Gala event will be treated to a three course meal and first-class entertainment before and after dinner. Jersey Finance is delighted to announce that State Street will be the lead sponsor for the Gala.
 
The week following the Gala event, Jersey Finance will launch Financial Heritage Week which involves member firms participating in a week of fund raising initiatives to support the Association of Jersey Charities’ work. Proceeds from the Gala event, ticket sales and fund raising activity on the night will also be donated to the Association.
 
Geoff Cook, chief executive, Jersey Finance, said:
 
‘The Golden Gala is unique event bringing together finance professionals and members of the local community to reflect on all the industry has achieved in the past 50 years. The main focus of the evening will be to raise money to make a direct difference to worthy local causes, a reaffirmation of the Industry’s ongoing commitment to engage with the local community. We hope guests will support the various fund raising initiatives on the night.’
 
The event has proved so popular that tickets have already sold out although opportunities remain available for businesses to be involved through sponsorship and details are available from either Jackie Maratier or Claire Wilby on tel 836000. Businesses across the Island are also invited to donate luxury goods to be auctioned to raise money on the evening.
 
Phil McGowan,senior vice president and head of private equity,  real estate services, and corporate services at State Street, commented:
 
‘Jersey has built an impressive and innovative finance industry and we are delighted to show our support for its long term success through lead sponsorship of the Gala, a unique opportunity to raise significant amounts for charity while marking the 50 year milestone. State Street has had a significant presence in Jersey for many years and we have been involved in supporting many local community programmes. As one of the leading financial services employers on the Island we look forward to continuing to play our part in this important area.’
 
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For further information, please contact:
 
Leah Dunford
Crystal PR
Telephone: +44 (0) 1534 618613